This week seventeen local and international artists will be working in Margate to create public art as a means of raising awareness of ocean conservation and the issues caused by plastic in and near our oceans. The project is part of RISE UP RESIDENCY, a week-long mural festival and educational programme taking place from the 25th Sept - 2nd of Oct 2022 in Margate, Kent. The initiative is spearheaded by RISE UP. CLEAN UP. and Margate-based, internationally acclaimed artist Louis Masai.
As stated on the RISE UP RESIDENCY website:
"From documenting ocean biodiversity to plastic hazards and ocean species, the murals intend to act as an educational backdrop for the town. Their aim is to inspire, unite and empower the community of Margate and its visitors to partake in reducing plastics and respecting the ocean.
The residency intends to support and directly engage with the community of Margate through a series of talks and workshops from local businesses and direct employment of locals to work on the programme."
Below are some of the brilliant murals that are already adorning Margate's streets as part of the project: